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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 18 
ProducerDenner (web)
VarietySyrah Blend
DesignationThe Dirt Worshipper
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2023 (based on 9 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.1 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 45 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by eodjack on 5/27/2015 & rated 94 points: Popped and drank, non-blind. Wonderful wine! Inky and full-bodied with a nose of dark fruit and floral accents (seemingly from the stellar Denner Viognier component.) Hits the tongue with blackberry and dark fruit finishing into earth and a touch of pepper, lingering for a while. Smooth and well-integrated tannins, with great mouth-feel/texture and balancing out nicely. This is evolving very nicely as compared to a year ago, much smoother, will still benefit from a short cellar nap (1 more year.) Low alcohol content comparitively to many HUGE central coast syrahs at 14.3%. No alcohol bomb here! Stellar effort here. (671 views)
 Tasted by KCBrian on 5/16/2015 & rated 92 points: No formal notes. Decanted at restaurant for about an hr while we drank brother inlaw's spicy Pinot. Then on to the Denner which was rich and wonderful. (554 views)
 Tasted by Brej on 5/1/2015 & rated 94 points: Notes consistent with 18 months ago, except it is richer now, better balanced. (676 views)
 Tasted by mhenry on 4/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Very pleased with this wine. Upon pouring I thought it might have opened it too young--strong tannins--but paired with bbq lamb it was a perfect pairing. Quite a lot of sediment. Decanted 1 hour. (696 views)
 Tasted by JJA on 12/20/2014 & rated 94 points: This exceeded my expectations. Nicely integrated and good level of acidity. Earthy with some spice, long finish. Drinking very well now. Excellent wine for the price. (1214 views)
 Tasted by ClubTerry on 11/12/2014 & rated 93 points: Needs time to open much better in day two. Loaded with earthy minerals with chalky finish dark fruits. (1368 views)
 Tasted by mrmedoes on 9/10/2014 & rated 95 points: I've always said I've preferred Denner's Ditch Digger, but I'm here to repent. This is KILLER syrah, just deep, inky, unabashed Paso syrah - everything that's good and so little that is bad. Black fruit, some smoked meats, some earth and a little pepper on the nose, into a silky smooth mouthfeel, but with a complexity that I struggle to describe. It'll live for ages, but with some air, you shouldn't be afraid to drink now if you're ready for the intensity. That said, I'm not sure the intensity will smooth out, but that's part of what makes this what it is. (1545 views)
 Tasted by bjamesclark on 7/28/2014 & rated 93 points: 3 hours in the decanter provides just barely enough time for this to start blossoming.
A thick watery rim sets the wine that is dark garnet with plum skin hues. Color holds in the thick, slow falling legs. moderate + concentration, viscosity and extraction.
On the nose aromas are quick on the attack with blackberry, plum, violets, black licorice, smoked aged red meat, tar, pepper and rosemary/camphor notes.
Full bodied on the palate with moderate + acidity, medium minus refined tannin. Exacting flavors of blackberry, violets, black licorice, bacon, strawberry pie, pepper and cinnamon spice, rosemary, smoke and red meats. The finish is balanced and refined and lingers pleasantly.

Overall a beauty... (1592 views)
 Tasted by caeleric/cae_cpa on 6/14/2014: popped in the am, slow ox'd in the fridge until the evening. this is a deftly made wine. certainly ripe and new world, with an oak treatment to provide a plush texture, but everything was balanced and pure and focused. lots of deep black and purple fruits, with lovely concentration and meaty secondaries. I loved this today, and it will age very well. If scoring, 93-95. Wish I had more. (1751 views)
 Tasted by The Wine Write on 5/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Popped and poured, paired with grilled burgers. Loved this wine. It's big in terms of fruit. Juicy. Smooth mouthfeel with soft tannins. Solid, delicious. (1422 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 1/12/2014 & rated 96 points: Awesome Dinner with Friends (Erasmus, SQN, Saxum, Pride, Dehlinger++) (Out and about): Wow. My first time trying this wine IIRC. Wow. The nose is big but not over powering. Ripe black raspberries, Framboise, black pepper and a bit of wet, moist earth. On the palate, this is smooth and complex. Lush, lush texture. Great red and purple fruit. Nice balance. Long finish. Everyone's favorite fro this flight it seemed. (2709 views)
 Tasted by Brej on 12/21/2013 & rated 93 points: Decanted for 2+ hours. The nose was intense and intoxicating. Each of us took at least a couple of minutes to just bury our nose in the glass before we tasted the wine! On the nose we got blackberries, a little baking spice and some floral notes. The taste was loaded with really dark, intense fruit - more blackberries! Long finish. In short, a terrific wine!

This was a party for 18 friends. The Dirt Worshipper was one of the standout wines of the night from amongst a dozen wines. (1740 views)
 Tasted by dfresh on 10/12/2013: Limited bouquet, mouthfeel and finish. Expected so much more and based on experience this wine is simply in a closed down phase. (2085 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 5/19/2013 & rated 94 points: Sunday Brown Bag Tasting: 2009 Gigondas (Hoyer's): Deep inky color with aromas of black fruit, incense, florals and spice. Full-bodied with firm, sweet tannins that are remarkably approachable given the structure and power here. Flavors of blue and black fruit, mineral, spice and blackberry liqueur. Long finish. The Viognier really shines through here. Impressive. (3078 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 3/15/2013 & rated 90 points: Nice syrah wine with dark rustic fruit. Not alot of depth or complexity at present. (2796 views)
 Tasted by wine-strategies on 2/15/2013: Slow-O 2 hours, served non-blind. I had this just a few weeks after release, and again tonight. And while it's gotten better, I mean that in the relative context to when I had it 6 months ago as well as the overarching style. It has calmed down, and seems to be coming together nicely, but at the end of the day it's not my cup of tea as I prefer a more restrained, nuanced style of wine. More acid than I was expecting, but about (or less) what I was expecting in terms of overall structure and complexity. This is a meal in itself and clearly in the gobs-O-fruit/alcohol, sappy, jammy cocktail wine genre. Relative to that style, it was better than most I've been offered (made?) to suffer through in this price category. IIRC, abv was (listed) 14,3%. Better than the '09, imo. Drink thru 2017

93% Syrah, 7% Viognier (2852 views)
 Tasted by kcsteve on 2/12/2013 & rated 94 points: Wonderful floral and berry aromatics upon opening. Decanted 1 hour. Blackberry, touch of earth, and a bit of plum. Medium on the palate and beautifully balanced. Tannin were soft but persistent. Acidity left me wanting another sip. First Denner wine; they made me a believer. (2614 views)
 Tasted by Dollar Spot on 2/10/2013 & rated 94 points: Texture! Incredible mouthfeel, delicious fruit balanced acidity, but the texture and velvety mouthfeel is the standout feature of this beauty. Another winner from Denner. (2307 views)
 Tasted by Dollar Spot on 12/16/2012 & rated 94 points: Texture. This had one of the silkiest, smoothest textures I've ever experienced. Great wine. (2511 views)
 Tasted by iWineReport on 11/24/2012: The 2010 Denner 'The Dirt Worshipper' reminds me of a mix of Northern Rhone terroir and California fruit. It offers a generous serving of dark berries, sweet plum, cherry cobbler, violets, but then you get some salty black olives and irony mineral notes. Dense and focused with plenty of depth and concentration but remains fresh from the underlying acidity and minerality. The finish is long and persistent dosing out loads of fruit. Excellent right now, but would love to see this again after a few years in bottle. Composed of 93% Syrah, 7% Viognier, aged 16 months in barriques, 60% Neutral, 30% Once Used French and Hungarian, 10% New French. Fermented 30% Whole Cluster. (Best 2014-2022) - November, 2012 (JD) (2176 views)
 Tasted by Redguy on 11/23/2012 & rated 94 points: Maybe not quite as electric as my last encounter but this wine rocks. Great swirling depth to the savory blackberry liquor, smoked meats, black olives, and intense floral notes. Sexy mineral laden texture. Again, good length on the resinous finish. Beautiful stuff. (2073 views)
 Tasted by Gestalted on 11/2/2012 & rated 93 points: Nose is brambly blackberry and cherry, with highlights of lemon essence. Medium weight midpalate, blackberries and cream with a citrus zing on the finish.

Consumed at at cellar temp: 60°-65° F. Friends don't let friends drink red wine at room temp! (2346 views)
 Tasted by Redguy on 10/21/2012 & rated 95 points: Wow, now that's a statement wine from young Anthony at Denner The aromatics are just stunning, instantly grabing your attention with an intensely floral bouquet with blackberry liquor, fresh cut brush, smoked meats, and an anise like component. On the palate this is hugely concentrated yet beautifully structured and very clean. Buckets of brambly blackberry liquor, anise, bacon fat, pine resin, and a pervasive earthy/savory element. Beautiful tannins that are folded within layers upon layer of juice are noticeable but never detract. Med+ body with a clean and supple mouthfeel yet this remains incredibly assertive... this wine knows what it is and wants to be. No wasted elements. Crackles with energy throughout but especially vibrant on the long, resinous finish. This is really fantastic wine. The nose alone is worth the price of admission. Beg, borrow, or steal for this stuff! 94-95 (2598 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2013, IWC Issue #171
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012)
(Denner Vineyards Dirt Worshipper Central Coast) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #12 (6/23/2012)
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